Osaka now the world’s most expensive sportswoman

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Japanese tennis prodigy Naomi Osaka is now the most expensive sportswoman in the world.

According to Forbes, Osaka raked in $37.4 million (£30.7m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year.

That means she pips American tennis powerhouse Serena Williams to second, earning more than $1.4 million (£1.15m).

Female tennis players have always occupied top spot on Forbes’s women’s list since 1990 with either Williams or retired  Russian Maria Sharapova leading the way from 2004.

Osaka currently has 15 sponsorship deals, including global brands such as Nike, Nissan Motors, Shiseido, and Yonex.

Osaka ranks No. 29 among the 100 highest-paid athletes, while Williams is No. 33. It’s the first time since 2016 that 2 women have made the ranks of the top 100 highest-paid athletes—with the full 2020 list set for release next week.

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